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of nights last week because the fiscal cliff had the comics on a roll. >> we have good news and we have bad news! first, the bad news, it is just tweet days until the fiscal cliff deadline. the good news, only 17 days the mayans say we're all going to die so who cares about the fiscal cliff! exactly. >> we would like to announce we have reached an agreement to avoid a fiscal cliff. in order to get the support of the speaker, i agree there will be no tax increases. i repeat, zero tax increases. now, why would i do that? i mean, i won the election. ( laughter ) i have the leverage. why give in? well, simply put-- i felt sorry for this man. >> is there a prospect for a deal? >> there's not a prospect for a deal. >> of course! it. >> the ongoing talks. >> there aren't even very many talks going on. ( laughter ) >> you're kidding us! give us something! >> but for the first time, there are numbers on pieces of paper from both sides. >> numbers on paper! ( cheers and applause ) ( laughter ) >> schieffer: that is our "face the nation" flashback. one note to major garrett. major, i was here 10 yea
're working on for the 6:00 news. the state is facing a second tumble off the fiscal cliff. >> this would undo a lot of the good of the extra taxes californians are willing to invest. >> if the president and congress cannot reach a compromise in time, what will happen. >>> one man's eyesore is another man's art. the battle in one bay side city over abandon boats. why environmentalist say they have to go but the community is fighting to let them stay. those stories and much more tonight 6:00ful before that, the cbs evening news with scott fellly is coming up. >> remember, for the latest on weather go to cbsf.com.
gets to the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: mr. obama's new proposal lowered his request for tax revenue from $1.6 trillion in ten years to $1.4 trillion.trillion on tuesday the white house threw corporate tax reform into the mix, adding it to the already agreed upon push next year for reform of individual tax rates.dismisse boehner's described it as unrealistic and said the tax revenue was "a red herring." the top senate democrat doubted a fiscal cliff deal would be l cli wrapped in time for christmas. >> i think it's going to be extremely difficult to get it done before christmas. >> reporter: speaker boehner is meeting at this hour with house republicans. despite all the gloom the president said he remains confident a fiscal cliff deal will get done. charlie and norah? >> major garrett thank you. nancy pelosi leads the democratseads in the house of representatives. we're pleased to have her with this m us.good good morning. >> good morning. >> where are these negotiations? when they were bargaining over the grand bargain you gave the the president and your caucus did
, cbs news, the white house. >> the fiscal cliff is also the topic for discussion on "face the nation." that starts at 8:30 a.m. on cbs 5. >>> now, what may be a boost for american businesses, a brisk holiday shopping season and it's under way now. fedex is gearing up for its busiest day of the year. a record 19 million packages are expected to be shipped tomorrow. that's more than double the amount handled in a typical day. fedex says most of the increase in shipments is because of a big jump in online holiday orders. >>> another holiday tradition, red kettles and salvation army bell ringers. >> both at the center of a controversy at uc berkeley. cal students are calling for a ban of the salvation army on campus, after allegations of being insensitive to lesbians and transgenders surfaced online. student leaders passed a billow posing the organization. university officials are considering a campus-wide ban of the group. the salvation army denies all of those allegations in recent statements. >>> funeral services are being held this weekend for two teenage girls shot to death in east
some hopes that formal talks will resume on how to avoid the new year's day "fiscal cliff." across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases as we all know will kick in if a budget agreement isn't reached by the end of the month. the president also met with ceos of some of the nation's largest companies hoping to convince them of the need for higher tax rates at upper income levels. >> we're not insisting on rates just out of spite or out of any kind of partisan bickering but, rather, because we need to raise a certain amount of money. >> house majority leader eric cantor says more needs to be done about spending right now. >>> meanwhile, public policy polling conducted an unusual survey to test american knowledge about debt reduction policy. people were asked what they thought of the panetta burns planning, something that doesn't even exist. one-fourth of the people took a stance on it anyway. 8% are in support by golly. 17% opposed. >> that's right. it's important to do research. >> absolutely. >> do your homework. >>> apple stock is coming off one of its worst sections on wall
boehner. major garrett has new details on fiscal cliff negotiations. >>> plus ceo of general electric jeff immelt tells us why both sides need to act now. >>> it's a mess in parts of the midwest this morning. an early storm drops morha
warnings and it's likely to bring new sanctions against the north. >>> to the fiscal cliff now, leaders in washington have less than three weeks to reach a budget deal or else face automatic spending cuts and tax increases that are likely to send the country back into a recession. the agreement has been slow. president obama and congressional republicans remain split on raising taxes on upper middle-class americans. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest now. susan, good morning to you. >> hi. good morning, terrell. both sides are talking publicly about what they want. the gop pushing back against that. but privately negotiations do continue. in an exclusive interview airing on abc's "20/20" this friday night, president obama says he's optimistic a deal will be reached, and he's confident the gop won't hold the middle-class taxes hostage to protect higher income americans. >> taxes are going to go up one way or the other, and think the key is to make sure the taxes go up on higher individuals like you and me, barbara. we can afford it. >> reporter: earlier on tuesday the presid
problem. >> we've only got 25 days until the fiscal cliff. >> according to "new york times," house speaker john ba boehner has asked democratic leaders to step aside so he and the president can negotiate a deal one on one, and no one is objecting. >>> the crisis in egypt remains volatile, with massive anti-government rallies planned today. >>> heartbreaking survival story for a woman stranded in the snow in the california sierra nevada mountains. >>> shoppers at a seattle macy's had to be hospitalized when an escalator they were riding malfunctioned. >> fire to the end zone. touchdown. >> broncos with their eighth straight win. >> all that -- >> three, two, one! >> my 50th birthday, she gives everybody a car and then she's all, thank you for coming to gayle's birthday! >> we're talking about oprah, right? >> no, of course not. >>> and all that matters. >> south carolina tea party says jim demint is resigning. >> leaving the senate a lot better than i found it. >> jim demint leaves some big shoes to fill. >> jim demint leaves some big shoes to fill. then again -- captioning funded by cbs en
to address the country's debt, the deficit, and the fiscal cliff and quickly to avoid the uncertainty from affecting the global economy. she suggested a balanced approach, increasing revenue, while also cutting spending. >>> a new survey shows pay for private college prnts continues to climb. they studied data from 2010. it shows medial compensation rose to about $400,000, up nearly 3%. >>> and james bond's fought his way back to the top of the box office. "skyfall" made $11 million. "rise of the guardian" finished a close second with $10.5 million, and in third place, "twilight saga:breaking dawn" part twoer and $9.2 million. i've got to go see that animated christmas film. >> you and jack, that would be a good thing to do. >> "skyfall" kind of going nowhere and then jump back on top, that's kind of a strange move. >> that's james bond. that's no surprise. >> ashley morrison in new york. thanks, ashley. >>> hundreds said their "i dos" sunday. about 150 same-sex couples exchanged vows at seattle city hall. officiating judges who donated their time helped. some after waiting deindicates. >>
cautious as u.s. leaders agreed to reach a budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. tokyo's nikkei gained a fraction while hong kong's hang seng added a quarter percent. >>> this week the federal reserve is expected to announce a new bond-buying program aimed at lowering interest rates. if it works, it might soften the blow if the nation goes over the fiscal cliff. fed chair ben bernanke has said if a budget deal can't be reached, there's little the central bank can do to offset the shock of those spending increases and tax cuts. >>> a strong sales report from mcdonald's offset wall street's worries about the fiscal cliff negotiations. the dow added 15 points while the nasdaq gained 9 points. >>> hsbc is paying a record $1.9 billion to settle a federal and state money laundering probe. the british bank was under investigation for allegedly transferring billions of dollars on behalf of iran which is under international sanctions. hsbc is also alleged to have laundered money from mexican drug cartels. under the terms of the settlement, the bank will avoid criminal prosecution if it meets ce
to us. >> reporter: but with 27 days before the january 1 fiscal cliff, they're watching the clock, worried the christmas holidays might end with their family facing tougher times. chip reid, cbs news, woodbridge, virginia. >> pelley: a lot of people working for citigroup are headed for a fiscal cliff. today the company said it's cutting 11,000 jobs to boost profits. citigroup is america's third largest bank but it has operations around the world. the company didn't tell us how many american jobs will be lost. a new study just out today has encouraging news about breast cancer which kills 40,000 women a year. elaine quijano reports on how changing a treatment could save lives. >> reporter: when carrie capossela finished a five-year course of tamoxifen to prevent her breast cancer from coming back, she was nervous when she finally went off the drug. >> all of a sudden you're done and it's very scary. it's very scary because you have to then go back and you really having have nothing protecting you from the medical standpoint anymore. >> reporter: capossela was 33 when she was diagno
. so yeah, it's going to hurt. >> the real cost of going over the "fiscal cliff." we break down what californians stand to lose if there is no deal. >> a new discovery impacting how breast cancer is treated. how tweaking the recommendation for a certain drug could save lives. >> and... ♪ [ music ] >> remembering a local legend. out every thethe music and legacy of dave brubeck. ,,,, ?f< administration will reject a budget deal that doesn't ine higher taxes for the wealtht rcent of americans. >>> treasury secretary timothy geithner said the obama administration will reject a budget deal that doesn't include higher taxes for the wealthiest 2% of americans. >> and the "fiscal cliff" deadline is now a day closer and still no deal between the president and republicans. political reporter grace lee is live in the newsroom with what this gridlock could cost californians. grace. >> reporter: well, liz, now we have some very real numbers that's what's at stake if we go over the "fiscal cliff." the daily democrat predicts that our state could lose $4.5 billion and lose about 200,000 jobs and
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story this morning. jobs. the economy and the rocky negotiations to avoid that fiscal cliff. let's start with the good news the slowly improving unemployment numbers. in november the nation added 146,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dipped to 7.7%, the lowest in nearly four years. so what's behind this improvement and what impact could it have on the overall economy and the fiscal cliff talks? we have some answers with the chief investment analyst at charles swhaub. >> were you surprised by these numbers? >> the payroll survey which is where we get the jobs created is generally a large company survey. so it may not pick up where the jobs were lost from the hurricane. the problem too is although the headline was positive the prior couple of months were revised down by a similar amount. i would say the report in general was about a neutral. >> also the fact the one employment rate dropped to 7.4% had a lot to do with fact people gave up looking for work. >> that's the rub. the headline is good. a big part of that reason is that over 300,000 people dropped
to the "fiscal cliff" and they are far apart on the field. >> it's a pitchfork battle very contentious. >> a dogfight over a proposed dogfight in oakland. >> i can't believe people would prioritize the needs of their pets over the needs of oakland's children and families. >> from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "eyewitness news this morning." >> he just knows how to play! captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >>> good morning. it's wednesday, december 5. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. it is 6:31. guess what, the rain is back and the doppler is lit up this morning. >> yes, it is. it's making for a wet wednesday commute for all of those people trying to get to work this morning, lawrence. >> yeah. looks like some very heavy rainfall showing up in parts of the bay area right now. this is from berkeley shot a little bit earlier this morning. the rain really coming down there. but we're seeing more rain all around the bay area. high-def doppler radar showing you very stro
on the table to steer clear of the "fiscal cliff." but so far, neither republicans nor democrats appear ready to blink when it comes to tax rates for wealthy americans. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> stanford is apparently the place to be if you are looking to launch a startup company. the first-ever university entrepreneurialship report raking the palo alto school number one. the rankings track companies founded by students. stanford on top followed by har record is, uc-berkeley did stanford, harvard, uc-berkeley. >>> the stanford hospital and clinics has been named one of the best in the nation for the fourth year in a row. the leapfrog group measures patient safety, quality of care and efficiency. the top hospitals are chosen from more than 1200 nationwide. >>> in today's healthwatch, we have heard it's good but now a new study questions the health benefits of an ingredient that's found in red wine. resveratrol was thought to prevent diabetes, heart disease and cancer. but researchers in st. louis said it didn't help healthy middle-aged women. the ingredients may work in co
approaches the fiscal cliff, a handful of republicans have defied norquist and say they'll consider raising new revues, and 12 newly elected republicans in congress have refused to take the pledge at all. i'm lesley stahl. we'll be back next week with another edition of "60 minutes." captioning funded by cbs and ford-- built for the road ahead. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life. so i never missed a beat. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. ♪ oww! ♪ [ male announcer ] careful, you're no longer invisible in a midsize sedan. the volkswagen passat. winner of a motor trend midsize sedan comparison. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. . . phil: previously on "the amazing race" -- 11 teams began a race around the world -- go! along the way they weric battles. >> go, go, go! phil: frueling challenges. >> they're so heavy. phil: and devastating defe
to add jobs in november, despite worries about a looming fiscal cliff in washington and the effects of a k perstorm in the northeast. >> thank you very much. or reporter: at chobani, the greek yogurt maker based in new york, c.e.o. hamdi ulukaya has been hiring. how many employees do you have? >> close to 2,000. >> reporter: the turkish-born ulukaya started chobani just four years ago. since then, greek yogurt sales re g exploded. chobani is now nearly a billion- dollar business. >> think we're going to be over 5,000 to 6,000 people by five years. >> reporter: so another 3,000 or ll000. th yeah. >> reporter: nationally job f owth has been steady but slow. so far in 2012 the economy has added an average of 151,000 jobs a month. >> we are creating more jobs but the pace of that hasn't really thanged much in the last two years. >> reporter: this chief investment strategist with the the blackrock says the economy is caught in a circle. >> one reason the job market isn't better is consumers aren't spending and the reason consumers aren't spending is etcause the job market isn't i wier. t
away from the "fiscal cliff." what's allegedly going on behind the scenes between the white house and on capitol hill. ,,,,,, main opposition group as th, quote, "legitimate representative" of that >>> new at 5:00, president obama says the u.s. now recognizes syria's main opposition group as the legitimate representative of the country's people. the president's comments paved the way for greater u.s. support as the group tries to oust syrian president assad. >>> meanwhile, as the "fiscal cliff" deadline approaches, indications that the president and house speaker john boehner are reportedly talking again, at least by telephone. among the proposals, the white house may agree to less tax revenue but the speaker still wants to see what cuts the president will make. but publicly, neither side is giving anything away. >> we're still waiting for the white house to identify what spending cuts the president is willing to make as part of balanced approach that he promised americans. >> what is required is, you know, agreement by republicans to some specific revenues that includes raising
the fiscal cliff and with just 21 days left until the deadline, a new gallup poll shows most americans want congress to compromise on spending and tax cuts. 70% say republicans and democratic leaders should make a deal now, up eight points since last week. major garrett is at the white house covering the fiscal talks. good morning. >> reporter: good morning and good morning to our viewers out west. one thing has been agreed upon in the fiscal cliff talks, not to discuss the details. many look at this bipartisan silence and see an encouraging sign but white house and congressional sources tell me that while the atmosphere around these talks is positive between the president and speaker john boehner, when it gets to the underlying details, progress is maddeningly slow. president obama telephoned senate majority leader harry reid monday while rob nabors huddled for a second day in a row aide to speaker john boehner. no discernible progress toward breaking the fiscal cliff stalemate. mr. obama left that drama behind and told supporters in suburban detroit the fiscal cliff is serious business. >
brown. we begin with negotiations to avert the so-called fiscal cliff both republicans and white house hold their lines and no formal talks yesterday. president obama said he wasn't ruling out some reductions in entitlement programs such as medicare and social security, meanwhile house speaker john boehner has to win over hard liners in his own party. susan mcginnis is following it all. >> reporter: hi. good morning. there are some glimmers of common ground here among the two sides that could form the basis of a deal. the president is now talking about actually lowering the tax rate for the top 2% not now but later. and republicans are now taking some heat over their latest plan a lot of it from within their own party. >> five, four -- >> reporter: house speaker john boehner led the countdown to the lighting of the capitol hill christmas tree last night. >> one. >> reporter: but a different countdown weighs on the minds of these lawmakers, the countdown to the fiscal cliff. a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end the year. >> god bless us, everyone. >> rep
meet at the white house this afternoon for more talks on the fiscal cliff. details were not released but both sides say lines of communication remain open. on face the nation erskine bowles co-chair of the bipartisan deficit commission told bob schieffer he's a bit more optimistic than he was a week ago. >> we were going through the kabuki theatre, one side making an offer, the other rejecting it and that is pretty natural in any deal. but you know, they've started to tango now and you know any time you got two guys in there tangoing you got a chance to get it done. >> glor: meanwhile urging both sides to get this done jeffrey immelt chairman of general electric spoke to charlie rose. >> i would say the business community almost universally speaks with one voice that this needs to get done and get done now. and moving it to next year is just failure. >> glor: you can see the full jeffrey immelt interview first thing tomorrow on cbs "this morning." >> big business is together in wanting to avoid the fiscal cliff. tonight randall pinkston with the worries of small business. >> reporter
asked general electric chairman and ceo jeff immelt for his thoughts on the looming fiscal cliff and the impact it could have on the u.s. economy. >> i'd make a couple comments. we've got to get this done now. not there are people who write and go on news shows and say we can let it lapse two weeks. that is specifically not true. we need this to get resolved now. not because because jim mcnerney will say it or jeff immelt will say it, but the millions who work for us, their lives are in flux. this is incredibly credible that we get it done now. we need revenue. everybody knows we need revenue. >> i think the president is right in asking for more revenue and therefore not extending the bush tax cuts to those with more than $250,000. >> bowles-simpson, there's not been one commission that says we can do this just on spending cuts. there has to be revenue. i think speaker boehner is the only guy that can lead us in that. >> that means you've got to take the republicans from the house of representatives and make the deal. >> and i trust that he could do it. >> we'll have more of that
's what they hear after the obama administration is ready to go over the fiscal cliff if the gop doesn't bid on higher taxes. on top earners. a just released poll shows nearly half of those ads say it's time to end tax cuts for the wealthy but keep it in place for americans earning $250,000 or less. 32% say the tax cuts should remain in place for everyone. during a broadcast interview yesterday timothy geithner was asked what if republican don't agree to raising taxes. >> is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> oh, absolutely. again, we say there's no prospect for an agreement that doesn't involve those tax rates going up. remember, it's 2%. remember, all of those americans, too, get a tax cut into that framework on the first $250,000 of their income. >> that said the president and speaker john boehner discussed the budget by phone yesterday. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest on this game of fiscal chicken. susan, good morning to you. >> right. good morning, terrell. yeah, that phone call does raise the possibility that some serious talks could star
and the "fiscal cliff." a lot of factors could shake up tomorrow's jobs report. we'll have a preview coming up. >> and it looked like new year's eve in seattle. pot smokers light up in celebration of washington's new law but it comes with some limitations. ,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, ♪[ music ] >>> the music world is mourning the death of jazz pioneer dave brubeck who died yesterday of heart failure on the way to a hospital for a scheduled check- up. he was born 92 years ago today. and he was born in concord over in the east bay. you might remember him for his jazz hits including the biggie "take five." >> what you might not know is that brubeck learned the piano from his mother and after leading an army band during world war ii he studied at mills college in oakland. >> i didn't know he was from the bay area. >>> just in from the labor department, new jobless claims fell sharply from a week ago as disruptions blamed on superstorm sandy diminished. new claims dropped by 25,000 last week to 370,000. that's fewer than economists had expected. and tomorrow, the first monthly jobs report since hurrica
for the "fiscal cliff." the deadline for the president and congress to find a way to avoid tax increases and spending cuts is 25 days away. president obama made a special point to sit with a middle class family in virginia this afternoon. he was trying to offer an example of who would be hurt by the republican tax proposal. >> for them to be burdened unnecessarily because democrats and republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem gives the sense of the costs involved in very personal terms. >> republicans are standing behind their counter-offer to chose tax loopholes and limit some deductions. they say the president needs to deliver a new plan that they can agree on and soon. it's also important to note that congress is scheduled to adjourn december 21st and the president is supposed to be headed to hawaii for vacation on december 17. >>> after doing some downsizing starbucks is back to brewing up some expansion plans and that includes another san francisco store. at market and sanchez. cbs 5 reporter mike sugerman tells us some small businesses in that area are trying to gri
and means committee room on capitol hill where the "fiscal cliff" standoff could be decided. we'll ask former house speaker nancy pelosi where the negotiations stand today. >> plus, john miller is learning new details about the shooter at the mall outside of portland, oregon. and we'll take you to the new york's one world trade center where right now, the crews are working to raise the spire that will make it the tallest tower in the western hemisphere. those stories and more when we see you at 7:00. >> thank you. >>> two secret santas went on a shoppping spree in the east bay. walmart shoppers are still talking about the couple who handed out gifts and cash to total strangers. they paid shoppers' store bills at the register inside a livermore walmart on friday. they bought a toy sewing machine for a little girl when they heard she wanted one. >> they're nice people and giving other people stuff they can't afford. >> the walmart manager says the couple told workers they didn't want any recognition and they didn't want to be named. very generous. >>> well, if you can't dress up your hou
who this suspect is. >> we're one day closer to the "fiscal cliff" and both sides are still far apart on a deal. >> i call it a pitchfork battle. it's very contentious. >> and a dogfight over proposed dog park in oakland. >> i can't believe that people would prioritize the needs of their pets over the needs of oakland's children and families. >> from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "eyewitness news this morning." >> he just knows how to play. >>> good morning, it's wednesday, december 5. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. nearly 5:30 now on your wednesday. >>> drivers have got a wet commute this morning. let's get a quick look at the weather with lawrence. >> yeah, guys. getting stormy outside right now. in fact, a good batch of moisture just about to push onshore. our high-def doppler radar is showing you that rainfall. it will be picking up. some places already seeing moderate to heavy rainfall. but look at the yellow and orange. that batch is just about to make its way in along the peninsula. we'll talk about that plus the pros
school bond. >> we have over 10,000 schools. >> in the newsroom, phil matier, cbs 5. >>> fiscal cliff camps are sprouting up across california. congresswoman's office in san jose, local seniors rally to demand lawmakers raise taxes on bank and corporations lain off social programs. city omhi-wwork. 3 >>> developing news in san pablo. ken bastida is live with more. police still look for the gunman? >> reporter: that's right, allen. they are still trying to figure out what happened inside this apartment. as you mentioned, shots rang out. it is normally quiet here. early sunday morning when police got here they found two people's bodice -- bodies laying on the stairs here. they also found something else inside the apartment. they found their 4-year-old daughter inside safe. police say somebody in this neighborhood knows what happened and they want find out. >> in front of my mom's house on dover and i heard two loud gunshots. >> on a saturday night there are people still up watching tv, doing nightly events. we're hoping that often times a person will say i heard something but they thi
the blow if the nation does go over the "fiscal cliff" but fed chair ben bernanke says if a budget deal isn't reached, there is little the central bank can do to offset the shock of those spending increases and tax cuts. and holiday shopping is leading to more work. leading jobs placement firm says retailers added more than 465,000 seasonal workers last month. that's up 21% from a year ago. that's your moneywatch. for more, stay with cbsmoneywatch.com. in new york, i'm ashley morrison. >>> time now for a quick look at what's coming up later on "cbs this morning." norah o'donnell joins us from new york. >> good morning. great to see you. we're talking about drug smugglers today. they are getting bolder, moving up the california coast. so we are going on the ocean with the coast guard and their ships to try to stop them. also, we tip off the college basketball season, celebrating 75 years of march madness. never too early to talk about march madness. jim nance has called more final four games than anyone. we'll look back at the players, teams and march madness moments and jim nance will annou
, there are just 26 days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. president obama spoke on the phone with house speaker john boehner on wednesday while his treasury secretary said the white house is, in fact, ready to go straight over the fiscal cliff. major garrett is at the white house. major, gd morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie and norah. the president will cross over the potomac into northern virginia to meet with a family who says their taxes don't go up, they'll be happier and spend more money. that's the pr side of this. much more important, the context of the deal, keet players yesterday picked up the phone. phone call relatively brief and substantive. details remain elusive. it was shorter, sources say, to last week's 28-minute conversation described them as curt, direct and frank. no one familiar with this call used such barbed words. it also occurred before treasury secretary tim geithner laid down this harsh fiscal cliff marker. >> is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> oh, absolutely. again, there's no prospect to an agreement
area cities. voter vigils appearing outside lawmaker offices demanding a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. tonight it looks like they are going to be there for awhile. going over the fiscal cliff we will have a ripple effect starting with the state's education budget. phil matier on the threat facing students staid wide. >> if washington doesn't come up with a deal it is not just the federal government that will be going over the fiscal cliff. we were told today that without a deal the states could lose upwards of $7.5 billion. >> we are going to invest in our schools. particularly special
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